Zelo's and Bin 8945
A business meeting in Eagle Rock had us lunching at Zelo's Pizza in Arcadia. We'd been wanting to try this place since J. Gold included it on last year's Ten Best List. The famed cornmeal crust is quite good with the corn, mozzarella and caramelized onion pizza being our favorite. A surprising cucumber and red onion salad with a lot of tarragon was a nice accompaniement. $18 for two before tip.
Driving through West Hollywood we stopped when the awning for Bin 8945 caught our eye. We're glad we did. Although not hungry we tried chef Matt Carpenter's gorgonzola fritters for $6 and marveled at the 60 plus wines by the glass. This place is serious and seriously fun. They will serve until 2am, closed on Mondays. If our brief encounter is any indication Bin 8945 could, along with Hatfield's, be the surprise hit of the year. Blue Ribbon comes to West Hollywood.
I read about Bin on DailyCandy recently and looking forward to checking it out. Are there any theaters or late-night shops to check out in the area (since I wager my friends and I will need a bit time of sobering up after a visit there.)
There's definitely a lot of late night traffic on the street geared mostly toward the gay community giving it a somewhat Greenwich Village feel. No theaters or even cinemas in the area unfortunately unless you dropped by after the Grove or the Beverly Center. Like with most of L.A. you seldom can do just one stop shopping.
Just looked at the Bin8945 wine list of 26 pages - oh my, very extensive. Attention winos, boystown may become yet another wine drinker's haven!
David Haskell must have some good connections to come up with that list considering he has been open for less than a week.